POLICE are cracking down on speeding motorists and thieves operating in the Hollins and Unsworth area.

The crackdown was launched as part of Operation Saturn, an initiative to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime in the borough.

Police officers were joined by councillors to witness how the operation was running.

Cllr Nathan Boroda said: “It was good to work with the local police to help tackle issues identified by residents about burglaries in Unsworth, as well as speeding and the presence of heavy goods vehicles, which caused disturbances in the night.

"This was a good example of the police and councillors working together to enhance community safety.”

Cllr Tahir Rafiq added: "We've had some major concerns in this area, regarding burglaries and speeding in particular so it's vital that we show the public we are taking this seriously.

"The safety and security of our residents is a top priority and therefore it's great that we are illustrating to people the greater police presence.

"We're very pleased that these officers took the time to come to the area and provide a bit of assurance to the public that, as councillors, we will continue to do everything in our power to fight for more policing in the area."

Operation Saturn is now entering its third month and further operation is planned around the borough in the new year.

Cllr Joan Grimshaw said: "As councillors, we've growing concerns about the number of burglaries in the area, people speeding and stealing cars.

"I know a number of residents have complained that their cars have been stolen, so we're trying to put their minds at ease.

"The new superintendent, Chris Hill is a very nice bloke and is doing an excellent job.

"I hope that in doing this, residents will not hesitate and be even more forthright and telling us what their concerns are.

"Much needs to be to address the issues we're facing with this kind of behaviour locally, but I hope that it is a worthwhile first step."